Texas Child Support

How to apply for child support in Texas

The Texas Division of Child Support is under the authority of the state’s Office of the Attorney General. Anyone who is interested in obtaining support in Texas can do so by applying online or requesting an application. Download Forms.

How to Calculate Child Support in Texas?

Texas calculates support amounts by factoring in a person’s income, any court-ordered medical support that is paid and any other support payments that are already owed. Texas takes into account a parent’s total net resources when determining obligation amounts.

How to claim and pay child support?

Support payments in Texas can be received via direct deposit or through a Texas Payment Card. Support payments in Texas can be paid using TouchPay kiosks, Fidelity Express, MoneyGram and Smart e-Pay. It’s also possible to send payments through the mail to the State Disbursement Unit (SDU).

Child Support Performance Stats for Texas

The Child Support Division in the Office of the Attorney General exists to help parents obtain the level of financial support needed to help children grow up and thrive. The Office of the Attorney General uses certain benchmarks to measure the success of the program.

Statistics for Regular On-Time Payments Collection

Other Incentive Performance Measures

Performance Measures 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Statewide Paternity Establishment (%) 100.4 100.86 101.77 94.67 93.87
IV-D Paternity Establishment (%) N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Support Order Establishment (%) 82.58 82.47 83.24 82.93 83.13
Cost-Effectiveness ($) 11.11 11.61 11.34 12.26 11.21

Total Number of Children in the Child Support Program

Total Distributed Collections and Total Administrative Expenditures ($ Millions)

2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Total Distributed Collections ($) 3320.42 3541.22 3706.77 3869.74 3975.43
Total Distributed to Families ($) 3260.08 3484.81 3653.43 3819.31 3927.6
Total Administrative Expenditures ($) 312.59 317.61 339.88 327.36 367.22

Average Collections per Case with Collections

Can child support be paid off early

There is nothing preventing a person from paying child support early. However, that doesn’t mean that additional obligations won’t accrue if circumstances change.

What Will happen if You fall Behind Child Support Payment?

The Texas Office of the Attorney General will use all resources within its power to collect funds that are owed. This can include seizing wages, placing liens on property, suspending personal and professional licenses, confiscating tax returns, pursuing felony charges and more.

Can you get alimony and child support at the same time?

Yes, Texas allows to get alimony and child support at the same time.

Can you stop child support payments?

Payments can only stop once a child reaches the legal age when a support obligation ends or if some other extraordinary circumstance applies.

Child Support and Taxes

A parent’s tax status generally won’t change once support is involved. The person making the payments may be able to claim a child as a dependent.

Can child support payments be claimed on taxes in Texas?

No, they can not.

How does my child support affect my taxes in Texas?

Support obligations do not count as income for the person on the receiving end. In addition, they are not deductible for the person making the payments.

Can child support be taken pre tax?

No, it can not be taken pre tax.

Can child support Take my federal tax return?

The Office of the Attorney General and the IRS can work together to seize your tax return if you are behind on payments.

Paternity Establishment

Establishing paternity is something that must be done before an obligation order can be created in Texas. Texas law dictates that each parent has the duty to financially and emotionally support a child.

How do you establish paternity?

Paternity may be established voluntarily in Texas if both parents sign an Acknowledgment of Paternity (AOP) and file it with the Texas Vital Statistics Unit. Paternity can also be established through the courts if necessary.

What rights does a father have if not on birth certificate?

A father does not have the right to visitation or custody until paternity is established.

Can a mother refuse me paternity test?

A court can order genetic testing if necessary.

How to establish paternity if the father is deceased?

A family member can usually participate in genetic testing as an alternative.

Can a father get a paternity test without the mother?

A family member can usually participate in genetic testing as an alternative.

How long does a father have to establish paternity in Texas?

An acknowledgment or affidavit of paternity (AOP) can be signed at the hospital within 72 hours of the child's birth, or at the local health department. Both the mother and the father must sign the affidavit. Within 60 days of the signing the affidavit, however, anyone who is entitled to file a paternity case can file a case and ask for genetic testing.

Support order establishment

The Division of Child Support can assist with locating an absent parent, establishing paternity, collecting support, distributing support and all of the other aspects of establishing, enforcing and modifying support.

State Child Support orders

Parents with support cases can participate in a Child Support Review Process (CSRP) negotiation conference in order to establish an order.

Can child support be modified?

Yes, it can be modified.

How do I file for a modification of child support?

Only a court can modify a support order in Texas. A modification cannot simply be done by agreement of the two parents. A modification may be granted if a drastic material or substantial change occurs regarding the adults or children involved in a case.

Can a child support order appealed?

Grounds for the modification or appeal of an order include a material or substantial change in the circumstances of a child or parent.

Do you need a lawyer to modify child support?

It is recommended to have legal representation when going through the court to request a modification.

When can you modify child support?

You can modify child support in Texas once every three years.

Child support Enforcement

How long does the child support enforcement take?

This will depend on how many services must be provided by the Division of Child Support before an order can be established.

What to do when child support is not paid?

A case worker should be notified immediately.

What Happens if I’m not paying Child support?

You will potentially have paychecks and other earnings withheld. In addition, the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles can send a denial of motor vehicle registration renewal to parents who are behind on payments by at least six months.

How much overdue child support payment can be considered a felony?

Support that is overdue by two years or that exceeds $10,000.

Can child support debt be forgiven?

Only the custodial parent has the legal right to forgive support debts in Texas. The court cannot force the custodial parent to do so.

Support Order Termination

How do I stop a child support order?

This must be done through the court.

When Can I Apply for Child Support Termination?

If a child becomes emancipated, is no longer under the custody of the custodial parent or if some other qualifying circumstance occurs.

Can the custodial parent close a child support case?

A case can be reviewed for closure as long as the custodial parent no longer receives TANF or Medicaid.

When Can I Stop Paying Child Support?

When a child reaches the appropriate legal age or if some other qualifying circumstance occurs.

What is the legal age to stop paying child support?

A support obligation in Texas terminates when a child turns 18 or graduates from high school.

Texas hearing rights

Only the person making support payments can request a court hearing for a modification in Texas. Both parents have hearing rights for other matters.

Texas Child Support Guidelines

Texas calculates support payments based on the monthly income of the payer and certain deductions. The maximum amount of monthly net resources that can be used to calculate support in Texas is $8,550.

Texas Child Support Coverage

What is child support meant to cover?

Life essentials like food, clothing and shelter.

Does Child Support Cover Medical Care Expenses?

Yes, child support in Texas does cover medical expenses.

What if Both Parents are working, will Child Support Cover child care services?

Typically, child support can cover child care services.

Are Car Maintenance Costs Covered by Child Support?

Typically yes, car maintenance costs are covered by child support in TX.

What is Considered Basic Entertainment for Child Support?

Basic entertainment can include access to the Internet, movies and television shows. It can also cover the cost of admission to attractions, events and activities.

Are College expenses Covered by Child Support in Texas?

Not under normal circumstances. However, Texas law does not prevent parents from negotiating and contracting for additional child support obligations related to college expenses.

Are Extracurricular Activities covered by Support?

Yes, extracurricular activities are covered by the state support.

Are School Related Costs Covered by Child Support?

Yes, school related costs are covered by child support.

Texas Child Support Offices

Institution name Physical address Email address Phone number Website
Child Support Division Office of the Attorney General Child Support Division Austin, TX N/A (800) 252-8014 https://www.texasattorneygeneral.gov/cs/contact-the-child-support-division
Alabama-Coushatta Tribe of Texas 571 State Park Road Livingston, Texas flores.ceciliag@actribe.org (936) 563-1331

County Child Support Offices in TX

County name Institution name Physical address Email address Phone number Website
Taylor County Taylor County, TX Abilene Child Support Office 3444 North 1st St, Ste 300, Abilene, TX 79603 N/A 1(800) 252-8014 https://csapps.oag.texas.gov/locations/offices
Brewster County Brewster County, TX Alpine Child Support Office 121 N 6th Street, Alpine, TX 79830 N/A 1(800) 252-8014 https://csapps.oag.texas.gov/locations/offices
Potter County Potter County, TX Amarillo Child Support Office 301 South Polk St, Ste 200, Amarillo, TX 79101 N/A 1(800) 252-8014 https://csapps.oag.texas.gov/locations/offices
Tarrant County Tarrant County, TX Arlington Child Support Office 218 Billings Street, Arlington, TX 76010 N/A 1(800) 252-8014 https://csapps.oag.texas.gov/locations/offices
Travis County Travis County, TX Austin Central Child Support Office 2101 E St. Elmo Rd, Bldg 2, Ste 225, Austin, TX 78744 N/A 1(800) 252-8014 https://csapps.oag.texas.gov/locations/offices
Jefferson County Jefferson County, TX Beaumont Child Support Office 1110 Calder St., Beaumont, TX 77701 N/A 1(800) 252-8014 https://csapps.oag.texas.gov/locations/offices
Cameron County Cameron County, TX Brownsville Child Support Office 270 Mexico Blvd, Brownsville, TX 78520 N/A 1(800) 252-8014 https://csapps.oag.texas.gov/locations/offices
Brown County Brown County, TX Brownwood Child Support Office 3711 Austin Avenue, Brownwood, TX 76801 N/A 1(800) 252-8014 https://csapps.oag.texas.gov/locations/offices
Brazos County Brazos County, TX Bryan Child Support Office 4001 E 29th St, Ste 102, Bryan, TX 77802 N/A 1(800) 252-8014 https://csapps.oag.texas.gov/locations/offices
Johnson County Johnson County, TX Cleburne Child Support Office 1402 Security Drive, Cleburne, TX 76033 N/A 1(800) 252-8014 https://csapps.oag.texas.gov/locations/offices
Montgomery County Montgomery County, TX Conroe Child Support Office 5452 Highway 105 W, Ste 202, Conroe, TX 77304 N/A 1(800) 252-8014 https://csapps.oag.texas.gov/locations/offices
Nueces County Nueces County, TX Corpus Christi Child Support Office 500 N Shoreline Blvd, Ste 210, Corpus Christi, TX 78401 N/A 1(800) 252-8014 https://csapps.oag.texas.gov/locations/offices
Dallas Counties Dallas Counties, TX Dallas Northwest Child Support Office 1250 W Mockingbird Lane, Ste 160, Dallas, TX 75247 N/A 1(800) 252-8014 https://csapps.oag.texas.gov/locations/offices
Denton County Denton County, TX Denton Child Support Office 1808 Cornell Ln Ste 150, Denton, TX 76201 N/A 1(800) 252-8014 https://csapps.oag.texas.gov/locations/offices
Dallas County Dallas County, TX Desoto Child Support Office 1510 N Hampton Rd Ste 360, Desoto, TX 75115 N/A 1(800) 252-8014 https://csapps.oag.texas.gov/locations/offices
Tarrant County Tarrant County, TX Edgecliff Village Child Support Office 6112 McCart Avenue, Suite 110, Ft Worth, TX 76133 N/A 1(800) 252-8014 https://csapps.oag.texas.gov/locations/offices
El Paso County El Paso County, TX El Paso Central Child Support Office 1545 Hawkins Boulevard Ste. 201, El Paso, TX 79925 N/A 1(800) 252-8014 https://csapps.oag.texas.gov/locations/offices
El Paso County El Paso County, TX El Paso East Child Support Office 3100 N Lee Trevino Dr Ste C, El Paso, TX 79936 N/A 1(800) 252-8014 https://csapps.oag.texas.gov/locations/offices
El Paso County El Paso County, TX El Paso West Child Support Office 6090 Surety Dr, Ste 250, El Paso, TX 79905 N/A 1(800) 252-8014 https://csapps.oag.texas.gov/locations/offices
Tarrant County Tarrant County, TX Forest Hill Child Support Office 6619 Forest Hill Dr Ste 15, Forest Hill, TX 76140 N/A 1(800) 252-8014 https://csapps.oag.texas.gov/locations/offices
Tarrant County Tarrant County, TX Fort Worth Central Child Support Office 6500 West FWY Suite 225, Fort Worth, TX 76116 N/A 1(800) 252-8014 https://csapps.oag.texas.gov/locations/offices
Dallas County Dallas County, TX Garland Child Support Office 930 W Centerville Rd, Ste B1, Garland, TX 75041 N/A 1(800) 252-8014 https://csapps.oag.texas.gov/locations/offices
Williamson County Williamson County, TX Georgetown Child Support Office 2100 Scenic Drive, Ste. 105, Georgetown, TX 78626 N/A 1(800) 252-8014 https://csapps.oag.texas.gov/locations/offices
Dallas County Dallas County, TX Grand Prairie Child Support Office 217 W Main St, Ste 110, Grand Prairie, TX 75050 N/A 1(800) 252-8014 https://csapps.oag.texas.gov/locations/offices
Cameron County Cameron County, TX Harlingen Child Support Office 1810 Hale Avenue Ste 6, Harlingen, TX 78550 N/A 1(800) 252-8014 https://csapps.oag.texas.gov/locations/offices
Harris County Harris County, TX Houston East Child Support Office 5144 E Sam Houston Parkway N Ste 125, Houston, TX 77015 N/A 1(800) 252-8014 https://csapps.oag.texas.gov/locations/offices
Harris County Harris County, TX Houston North Child Support Office 450 N Sam Houston Parkway E, Ste 190, Houston, TX 77060 N/A 1(800) 252-8014 https://csapps.oag.texas.gov/locations/offices
Harris County Harris County, TX Houston Northwest Child Support Office 2110 E. Governors Circle, Ste B, Houston, TX 77092 N/A 1(800) 252-8014 https://csapps.oag.texas.gov/locations/offices
Harris County Harris County, TX Houston Southeast Child Support Office 8866 Gulf Freeway, Ste 200, Houston, TX 77017 N/A 1(800) 252-8014 https://csapps.oag.texas.gov/locations/offices
Harris County Harris County, TX Houston Southwest Child Support Office 6161 Savoy Dr, Ste 420, Houston, TX 77036 N/A 1(800) 252-8014 https://csapps.oag.texas.gov/locations/offices
Harris County Harris County, TX Houston West Child Support Office 4600 Highway 6 N, Ste 300, Houston, TX 77084 N/A 1(800) 252-8014 https://csapps.oag.texas.gov/locations/offices
Harris County Harris County, TX Humble Child Support Office 9816 Memorial Blvd. Ste 200, Humble, TX 77338 N/A 1(800) 252-8014 https://csapps.oag.texas.gov/locations/offices
Atascosa County Atascosa County, TX Jourdanton Child Support Office 121 BMT Dr, Jourdanton, TX 78026 N/A 1(800) 252-8014 https://csapps.oag.texas.gov/locations/offices
Kerr County Kerr County, TX Kerrville Child Support Office 1001 Water St. Suite H-100, Kerrville, TX 78028 N/A 1(800) 252-8014 https://csapps.oag.texas.gov/locations/offices
Bell County Bell County, TX Killeen Child Support Office 2300 E. Rancier Ave, Ste. 101, Killeen, TX 76543 N/A 1(800) 252-8014 https://csapps.oag.texas.gov/locations/offices
Galveston County Galveston County, TX La Marque Child Support Office 5300 FM 2004 Rd, La Marque, TX 77568 N/A 1(800) 252-8014 https://csapps.oag.texas.gov/locations/offices
Webb County Webb County, TX Laredo Child Support Office 1801 E. Calton Rd, Laredo, TX 78041 N/A 1(800) 252-8014 https://csapps.oag.texas.gov/locations/offices
Gregg County Gregg County, TX Longview Child Support Office 1650 N Eastman Rd., Longview, TX 75601 N/A 1(800) 252-8014 https://csapps.oag.texas.gov/locations/offices
Lubbock County Lubbock County, TX Child Support Office 6302 Iola Ave Ste. 400, Lubbock, TX 79424 N/A 1(800) 252-8014 https://csapps.oag.texas.gov/locations/offices
Lubbock County Lubbock Rural Area TX Child Support Office 6302 Iola Avenue Ste 500, Lubbock, TX 79424 N/A 1(800) 252-8014 https://csapps.oag.texas.gov/locations/offices
Tarrant County Tarrant County, TX Mansfield Child Support Office 2840 Highway 157 N, Suite 110, Mansfield, TX 76063 N/A 1(800) 252-8014 https://csapps.oag.texas.gov/locations/offices
Dallas County Dallas County, TX Mesquite Child Support Office 2445 S Buckner Blvd Suite 140, Mesquite, TX 75227 N/A 1(800) 252-8014 https://csapps.oag.texas.gov/locations/offices
Midland County Midland County, TX Midland Child Support Office 24 Smith Rd, Ste 300, Midland, TX 79705 N/A 1(800) 252-8014 https://csapps.oag.texas.gov/locations/offices
Nacogdoches County Nacogdoches County, TX Nacogdoches Child Support Office 2015 N Stallings Dr, Nacogdoches, TX 75964 N/A 1(800) 252-8014 https://csapps.oag.texas.gov/locations/offices
Jefferson County Jefferson County, TX Nederland Child Support Office 2300 Highway 365, Ste 500, Nederland, TX 77627 N/A 1(800) 252-8014 https://csapps.oag.texas.gov/locations/offices
Harris County Harris County, TX Norchester Village Child Support Office 13308 Jones Road, Houston, TX 77070 N/A 1(800) 252-8014 https://csapps.oag.texas.gov/locations/offices
Dallas County Dallas County, TX North Dallas Child Support Office 11617 N Central Expressway #262, Dallas, TX 75243 N/A 1(800) 252-8014 https://csapps.oag.texas.gov/locations/offices
Dallas County Dallas County, TX Oak Cliff Child Support Office 400 S Zang Blvd Suite 101, Dallas, TX 75208 N/A 1(800) 252-8014 https://csapps.oag.texas.gov/locations/offices
Ector County Ector County, TX Odessa Child Support Office 6005 Eastridge Road, Ste. 200, Odessa, TX 79762 N/A 1(800) 252-8014 https://csapps.oag.texas.gov/locations/offices
Lamar County Lamar County, TX Paris Child Support Office 2625 South Church St., Paris, TX 75460 N/A 1(800) 252-8014 https://csapps.oag.texas.gov/locations/offices
Travis County, Travis County, TX Pflugerville Child Support Office 508 Old Austin-Hutto Rd., Pflugerville, TX 78660 N/A 1(800) 252-8014 https://csapps.oag.texas.gov/locations/offices
Hidalgo County Hidalgo County, TX Pharr Child Support Office 3508 N Jackson Rd Ste 600, Pharr, TX 78577 N/A 1(800) 252-8014 https://csapps.oag.texas.gov/locations/offices
Collin County Collin County, TX Plano Child Support Office 2020 G Ave Ste 1004, Plano, TX 75074 N/A 1(800) 252-8014 https://csapps.oag.texas.gov/locations/offices
Tarrant County Tarrant County, TX Richland Hills Child Support Office 7419 Pebble Dr., Fort Worth, TX 76118 N/A 1(800) 252-8014 https://csapps.oag.texas.gov/locations/offices
Fort Bend County Fort Bend County, TX Rosenberg Child Support Office 117 Lane Dr Ste 7, Rosenberg, TX 77471 N/A 1(800) 252-8014 https://csapps.oag.texas.gov/locations/offices
Tom Green County Tom Green County, TX San Angelo Child Support Office 622 S Oakes St, Ste B, San Angelo, TX 76903 N/A 1(800) 252-8014 https://csapps.oag.texas.gov/locations/offices
Bexar County Bexar County, TX San Antonio Interstate Child Support Office 4371 E Southcross Blvd, San Antonio, TX 78222 N/A 1(800) 252-8014 https://csapps.oag.texas.gov/locations/offices
Bexar County Bexar County, TX San Antonio North Child Support Office 5811 University Heights, Ste 105, San Antonio, TX 78249 N/A 1(800) 252-8014 https://csapps.oag.texas.gov/locations/offices
Bexar County Bexar County, TX San Antonio San Pedro Child Support Office 10010 San Pedro, Suite 701, San Antonio, TX 78216 N/A 1(800) 252-8014 https://csapps.oag.texas.gov/locations/offices
Bexar County Bexar County, TX San Antonio South Child Support Office 4371 E Southcross Blvd, San Antonio, TX 78222 N/A 1(800) 252-8014 https://csapps.oag.texas.gov/locations/offices
Bexar County Bexar County, TX San Antonio SW Military Dr. Child Support Office 3227 S.W. Military Dr, Ste 104, San Antonio, TX 78211 N/A 1(800) 252-8014 https://csapps.oag.texas.gov/locations/offices
Guadalupe County Guadalupe County, TX Seguin Child Support Office 128 S Moss St, Ste 500, Seguin, TX 78155 N/A 1(800) 252-8014 https://csapps.oag.texas.gov/locations/offices
Grayson County Grayson County, TX Sherman Child Support Office 200 N. Travis Street, Suite 500, Sherman, TX 75090 N/A 1(800) 252-8014 https://csapps.oag.texas.gov/locations/offices
Bell County Bell County, TX Temple Child Support Office 3011 Saulsbury Dr, Temple, TX 76504 N/A 1(800) 252-8014 https://csapps.oag.texas.gov/locations/offices
Bowie County Bowie County, TX Texarkana Child Support Office 122 Plaza W, Ste 2, Texarkana, TX 75501 N/A 1(800) 252-8014 https://csapps.oag.texas.gov/locations/offices
Smith County Smith County, TX Tyler Child Support Office 3250 Robertson Rd, Ste 506, Tyler, TX 75701 N/A 1(800) 252-8014 https://csapps.oag.texas.gov/locations/offices
Uvalde County Uvalde County, TX Uvalde Child Support Office 1901 Garner Field Rd, Uvalde, TX 78801 N/A 1(800) 252-8014 https://csapps.oag.texas.gov/locations/offices
Victoria County Victoria County, TX Victoria Child Support Office 5610 John Stockbauer Drive, Victoria, TX 77904 N/A 1(800) 252-8014 https://csapps.oag.texas.gov/locations/offices
McLennan County McLennan County, TX GovernmentWaco Child Support Office 801 Austin Ave, Ste 210, Waco, TX 76701 N/A 1(800) 252-8014 https://csapps.oag.texas.gov/locations/offices
Parker County Parker County, TX Weatherford Child Support Office 516 Santa Fe Dr., Weatherford, TX 76086 N/A 1(800) 252-8014 https://csapps.oag.texas.gov/locations/offices
Wichita County Wichita County, TX Wichita Falls Child Support Office 2444 Sierra Dr, Ste 600, Wichita Falls, TX 76306 N/A 1(800) 252-8014 https://csapps.oag.texas.gov/locations/offices

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